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Unit Updates Team of the Year 2019 - Full Back

Updated: Dec 12, 2019


The fulcrum of the defence. The organiser. The enforcer. Who will be our number 3? Here are the candidates.


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Sean Cassidy - Roibeard Eméid Sleacht Néill

After a disappointing 2018, Sleacht Néill's swagger returned in 2019. Kevin Lynch's gave them a fight in the county final, but standing strong at the back was Sean Cassidy.


His ability to organise those around him as things tightened up in that final was excellent and the full back produced a number of swashbuckling displays throughout their run to regaining their Ulster SHC title with victory over Dunloy.


Ryan McNulty - Naomh Eoin

Battling for St John's in both codes was Ryan McNulty. In his distinctive red helmet, McNulty marshalled his defence well in an early-season league game against Ballycran and also looked very solid in their championship encounter with Ruairí Óg in Dunloy.


The defender also performed well in their SFC clash with Portglenone where he was tasked with picking up Michael Donnelly and on occasion when he ventured inside, Niall McKeever.


Shane Delargy - Casement's Portglenone

Portglenone's marathon championship run meant that Delargy got to pit himself against some of Antrim's best in the heat of knockout battle.


The full back directed his defence well in what was a strong defensive performance against St John's in the drawn game and performed well throughout the subsequent replay and the epic trilogy with Lámh Dhearg.


Darren O'Neill - O'Donovan Rossa Magherafelt

A rock of experience at the heart of a young team, O'Neill had a superb season helping Rossa to their first Derry SFC title in 41 years and was excellent as they saw off rivals and bogey team Sleacht Néill in the Semi-Final.


The full back relished the physical battle with Alex Doherty in the county final and was at his most comfortable winning possession and driving out of defence.

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